Cumberland University

Philosophy of Student Conduct Policy at CU


Philosophy of Student Conduct Process at CU

The goal of Cumberland University is to provide students with a liberal arts education so that they will acquire knowledge, skills, and wisdom to deal with and contribute to contemporary society in constructive ways.

Cumberland University has established regulations and policies deemed necessary to achieve the University's mission as an institution of higher education. All members of the University community have a strong responsibility to protect and maintain an academic climate in which the freedom to learn can be enjoyed by all.

When a student’s conduct either inside or outside the classroom does not meet Cumberland University’s standards, the student is charged with violating the Cumberland University Code of Conduct. The Dean of Students, Director of Residence Life, and the Student Conduct Board all attempt to emphasize those kinds of experiences that assist the individual involved to think out, evaluate, and become accountable for personal behavior; to establish a personal code of conduct; and if need be, to redirect behavior in order to meet Cumberland University’s standards.

In enforcing the Student Conduct Code, Cumberland University follows due process procedures. Great emphasis is placed on the consideration of each individual case rather than attempting to have matching sanctions for specific incidents. The objectives of the Student Conduct process are to facilitate civility on campus, holistic student development and personal responsibility. Through a fair consideration of all factors in each case, an attempt is made to prevent arbitrary and authoritarian action.